Ohio State coaches left no doubt about their intention to add some tall, heavy hitters to their beleaguered receiver corps by way of the 2017 recruiting class, and 90 minutes into national letter of intent signing day Wednesday, they had all three of their committed targets in the fold.
They were led by the 6-foot-4 Trevon Grimes, highest rated of the trio, a high four-star according to the 247sports composite of recruiting rankings, from Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was joined by four-star Jaylen Harris of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and three-star Elijah Gardiner, both of whom are 6-5.
With video highlights that show all of them being strong to the ball, especially down the field, they might get the chance to contribute immediately in 2017 because that was one aspect the OSU offense was lacking last year. Grimes, for one, was paying attention to that as he watched the Buckeyes in 2016.
“I said that to myself for many, many months,” said Grimes, who is recovering from a knee injury suffered early last season but expects to be ready to go in the summer. “I feel like I can bring a lot to the table for what they needed in their offense, and knowing that I am really excited about what the future holds.
“That’s not to say I will, but I’ve always seen myself as coming in and playing early and having a good freshman year. And with what Ohio State has needed, I feel like I can come in and do just that.”
Veteran recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said the injury that took Grimes out of the spotlight in the third game of last season should not take away from his potential star power down the road.
"Grimes is arguably the best receiver prospect in the country," Lemming said.